Islamophobia – Features of Islamophobia and Strategies against it

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Publication 1-year master student thesis
Title Islamophobia – Features of Islamophobia and Strategies against it
Author(s) Edvardsson, Linda
Date 2009
English abstract
Due to increased immigration and Muslim presence in multicultural societies, concepts like Islamophobia become rooted and are used to explain acts by non-Muslims against Muslim Diasporas. Islamophobia comes alive from a spectrum of expressions where traditional West-Christian views and the Occident versus the Orient come to surface. This relationship establishes inclusion and exclusion, and, inflicting hegemony where majority’s norms against minorities are prominent features. Hence power structures are created and shape Muslims opportunities for religious freedom. Thereby, this research illustrates a deeper comprehension about Islamophobia – its contents, difficulties and effects – alongside, analysing those strategies and efforts that can be used in order to prevent and eliminate Islamophobia. The research departure from theoretical aspects of Islamophobia, and thereafter, leads to in-depth interviews with imams and a theoretical research. The focus of empirical findings and the analysis lies in issues of discrimination, legal framework, efforts for integration and strategies against Islamophobia. The research evidently reveals that Islamophobia is an intrusive element of today’s multicultural societies and ethnic relations. It must therefore be recognised as an important difficulty that has to be addressed, both on national and international levels. Thus, the rise of ethnic and religious collisions and/or the clash of civilisations would rather exist as a neglected memory, than a modern reality.
Publisher Malmö högskola/IMER
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Islamophobia/bic
Ethnic Relations
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